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Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing programs at BayCare hospitals date back to 1991. They offer a unique partnership between two healing entities – hospitals and faith communities. As part of its mission, BayCare is dedicated to assisting faith communities in developing health ministries that promote wellness and wholeness by addressing emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Nearly 300 faith community nurses in over 135 faith communities are currently affiliated with BayCare in cities that include Clearwater, Dunedin, Lutz, New Port Richey, Plant City, Riverview, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Winter Haven. 

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What Is a Faith Community Nurse?

Recognized as a specialty by the American Nurses Association, faith community nurses are pastorally called, spiritually mature, licensed registered nurses. Focusing on the intentional care of the spirit, the nurse blends the community members’ faith and definition of living well with the science of medicine to enhance quality of life.  In collaboration with faith community leaders and members as well as community agencies, our goal is to facilitate an environment where good health can be sustained and enjoyed.

What Are the Specific Roles of the Faith Community Nurse?

  • Health educator
  • Health counselor
  • Advocate
  • Resource liaison
  • Developer of support groups
  • Coordinator of volunteers
  • Integrator of spirituality and health

Who Supports Faith Community Nurses?

  • BayCare Faith Community Nursing program leadership will provide direct support through continuing education, resource assistance and collegiality.
  • A faith community nurse ministry is not a ministry of one person. It is a ministry of the community of faith. A Health Ministry Team within that community will organize in order to develop the form and function of an overall strategy for health ministry, and then interpret that plan to the larger community of faith. That team should be made up of a group of people from various backgrounds who possess a strong interest in health and wellness. Enlisting a faith community nurse as a member of that team is encouraged but not mandatory.

What Are the Benefits to the Faith Community?

  • Equips the faith community to reaffirm its role in ministry to the whole person
  • Enhances the ability of the faith community to respond to identified health needs which, in turn, impacts the wellness of that community
  • Increases awareness of and access to community health resources, health care expertise and services
  • Promotes access to the medical expertise and services available across BayCare Health System

Have Questions about Becoming a Faith Community Nurse?

BayCare Faith Community Nurse Coordinators will be happy to address your questions. Contact one via any of the phone numbers or email links below:

  • St. Anthony’s Hospital: (727) 825-1709 or (727) 825-1710 or email
  • St. Joseph’s Hospitals: (813) 243-7021 or email
  • Morton Plant Mease Hospitals: (727) 462-3519 or email
  • Winter Haven Hospital: (863) 293-1121 ext. 7935 or email